BU approves scholarship for children of fallen soldiers and diplomats

September 18, 2009

BRANDON, MB – The Brandon University Senate has passed a motion to award a scholarship to students whose parents have died in Afghanistan while a member of the Canadian Forces. The scholarship has been named the Afghanistan Mission Memorial Award.

These awards recognize the sacrifice of Canadians within the theatre of combat, in peacekeeping and in diplomatic service in Afghanistan.

“This conflict has touched families across this country. But this is a local issue as well. We are proud to serve the families of CFB Shilo and we do want them to know that their losses are felt deeply on our campuses,” says Scott Grills, Vice-President of Academic and Research. “Through establishing this scholarship we honour the sacrifice of the women and men who have lost their lives in support of their country. The Afghanistan Mission Memorial Awards demonstrate our concern for our neighbours and lend Brandon University’s support to Project Hero, retired General Rick Hillier’s nation-wide initiative.”   

The Afghanistan Mission Memorial Awards are full tuition undergraduate scholarships available to any students whose parent or legal guardian was a member of the Canadian Forces staff as part of Canada’s federal diplomatic corps and was killed as a result of the recent operational mission in Afghanistan or in training for such a mission.

These awards are open to full and part-time undergraduate students in their first degree. To be eligible to receive the award, a student must also have graduated from high school and started the first year of study prior to the age of 21. These awards are renewable to a maximum of 120 credit hours provided that the student remains in good standing (minimum 2.0 c.g.p.a.)

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